Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas

By Keith Douglas

'This is the single booklet from the second one global struggle related with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... whilst the conflict of El Alamein started, the poet Keith Douglas used to be in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not omit the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander through the complete of the allied strengthen throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience provide it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from plant life carpeting the wasteland in iciness to vanquished enemies, is noticeable with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian

This Faber reveals version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his dying in Normandy in 1944 - incorporates a new preface through the novelist Richard Skinner.

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They were tasked with capturing key strategic points by whatever means necessary-sometimes using the enemy's uniforms. They saw action from the start of the Polish campaign and went on to take part in operations in Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, the Balkans, Russia, Africa and the Aegean. Formed into the Brandenburg Division in September 1944 as a result of politics between the Abwehr and the 55, many joined Otto Skorzeny's Waffen-55 unit, which took over the Brandenburgers' special duties and whose history is also covered in this book.

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In the early war years the Brandenburgers performed this role-highly trained commandos under the control of the Abwehr, Germany's intelligence service. They were tasked with capturing key strategic points by whatever means necessary-sometimes using the enemy's uniforms. They saw action from the start of the Polish campaign and went on to take part in operations in Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium, the Balkans, Russia, Africa and the Aegean. Formed into the Brandenburg Division in September 1944 as a result of politics between the Abwehr and the 55, many joined Otto Skorzeny's Waffen-55 unit, which took over the Brandenburgers' special duties and whose history is also covered in this book.

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